Monday, January 4, 2010

"Water, Conflict and Cooperation" - Panel this Wednesday 12-2pm

Please join Catholic Relief Services and the Environmental Change and Security Program for a discussion entitled:

“Water, Conflict and Cooperation: Practical Concerns for Water Development Projects"

on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 from Noon to 2:00pm at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Lunch will be provided at 11:30AM.

The presentations and discussions will be on emerging conflict issues in international water development projects. Issues of water scarcity, access to water supplies, pollution of water sources and transboundary water management are increasingly the basis of water disputes, political manipulation and, in worst cases, outright conflict. In the course of these disputes, traditional community practices and human rights often are ignored and the natural environment may become degraded. The challenge to the development community is to ensure that peacebuilding principles of equity, justice and reconciliation are applied to water conflicts to prevent and, if necessary, mitigate these situations. The panelists will explore the incorporation of peacebuilding interventions in water projects. A new CRS publication Water and Conflict (PDF here), highlighting many of these issues, will be provided for participants.

Event Information:

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
5th floor Board Room (Food is allowed in this room)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004 USA

PLEASE NOTE: The attendee overflow space will be in the 6th floor boardroom. Food is not allowed in this room.

Registration is required for this event. RSVP to with your name and affiliation. If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into the live or archived webcast at The live webcast will begin approximately ten minutes after the posted meeting time. You will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the free player, visit:


Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW ("Federal Triangle" stop on Blue/Orange Line), 6th floor Moynihan Board Room.

A map to the Center is available at

Note: Due to heightened security, entrance to the building will be restricted and photo identification is required. Please allow additional time to pass through security.

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